Can Kitchen Clutter Influence Your Appetite?

It’s not just your mindset that can shape your eating habits. Your environment plays a role, too. And in the case of your kitchen, a pile of dirty dishes just might influence you in ways you don’t realize.

Source: Can Kitchen Clutter Influence Your Appetite?

Walking into a dirty kitchen makes me not want to cook anything. I just grab a snack out of the cabinet or fridge and leave.

New Diabetes Cases Finally on the Decline

After decades of relentless rise, the number of new cases of diabetes in the United States has finally started to decline.

Source: New Diabetes Cases, at Long Last, Begin to Fall in the United States

While minorities have higher rates of diabetes than non-Hispanic whites in general:

…I think, in absolute numbers, whites still make up the majority of diabetes cases.

The higher rates of diabetes in minorities is a complicated issue. Genetics may play some part in it, but the bulk of the risk comes from socioeconomic factors. There are such things as urban food deserts where a healthy diet is not easily available. Take the case of New York City. Here’s a map of veggie intake, supermarket availablity, and diabetes rates. You may notice that these neighborhoods correspond closely with low-income, minority populated neighborhoods. Speaking from personal experience living in some of these areas, fried and fast foods are readily available. Fresh fruits and veggies? Not as much.

Study: Eating Habits Impact Gut Bacteria for Carb Metabolism

Obesity is associated with the intestinal microbiota in man but the underlying mechanisms are yet to be fully understood. Our previous phylogenetic study showed that the faecal microbiota profiles of non-obese versus obese and morbidly obese individuals differed. Here, we have extended this analysis with a characterisation of the faecal metaproteome, in order to detect differences at a functional level.

Source: Colonic metaproteomic signatures of active bacteria and the host in obesity

The researchers describe this as “the chicken-or-the-egg question”: Is the microbiota causing a difference in metabolism that leads to an energetic misbalance, or are differences in metabolism and/or eating habits causing a change in microbiota?

It is like a very fast form of evolution going on in there. As you eat a certain type of food, the bacteria that is best suited to thrive off of that food will reproduce like crazy. So the more you eat of something, the better you get at processing it.  This means two things: eat like crap, and your body gets better at absorbing all of that shit (that’s bad). But if you eat healthy, even though your body may fight it initially, eventually it will refine itself to process the healthy food (that’s good).

This research unfortunately doesn’t lead immediately to any kind of clinical recommendation. What it does suggest is that what the bacteria in one’s gut are doing, and what genes they express, is more diagnostically relevant than who they are–so hopefully by focusing on this distinction, future research could more quickly come up with an answer to how to manage weight.

Pizza: The Silent Child Killer

Eh. Worth it. Pizza > children

No matter how you slice it, American kids are eating too much pizza.

That’s according to a new study from the Illinois Prevention Research Center, which found that pizza is the second-highest source of calories for kids ages 2 to 18. No. 1 was grain desserts like cookies and donuts.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found that on days that kids and teens eat pizza, they take in much higher amounts of calories, fat and sodium than the days they don’t. And a full fifth of children and adolescents eat pizza on any given day.

Source: U.S. youth eating too much pizza: study

Fat?  As in the stuff we’ve found has no correlation with fat in the blood stream… Same story for sodium – no connection to heart problems.  Kids tend to be more active, so they likely need the sodium.

Stupid metrics aside, the assumption is that pizza is store bought.  There is a choice to toppings – you can certainly make a healthy pizza.  “Healthy pizza” is not an oxymoron…